Juan Martinez Talks Green Play to Green Pay Initiative

OAK member guest blog by Juan Martinez, The North Face Ambassador Originally posted in Never Stop Exploring The North Face Ambassador Juan Martinez’s life has been shaped by many experiences but defined by a single opportunity. In 9th grade the South Central LA native received an ultimatum: Either go to detention or go to Eco Club. JuanContinue reading “Juan Martinez Talks Green Play to Green Pay Initiative”

5 Ways to Celebrate Kids to Parks Day

U.S. Senate National Parks Subcommittee Chairman Mark Udall (D-Colo.), Ranking Member Rob Portman (R-Ohio), U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Chair Mary Landrieu (D-La.) and U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) joined together to introduce a resolution to urge America’s youth to live active lifestyles and to enjoy and protect our nation’s special places to markContinue reading “5 Ways to Celebrate Kids to Parks Day”

The Refraction Effect – NOLS Shines Light on Leaders of Color

OAK member guest blog by National Outdoor Leadership School A typical National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) course involves a team of instructors taking a group of students 14 and older into the backcountry and teaching them outdoor skills, leadership, and environmental ethics. We’ve been doing this for nearly 50 years, and can write reams aboutContinue reading “The Refraction Effect – NOLS Shines Light on Leaders of Color”

Your Couch Is Far More Dangerous Than You Think

OAK member guest blog by Ben Klasky, President & CEO of IslandWood originally published in The Huffington Post Why are we so afraid to let our kids play outside, when we know that such activity is vital for their physical and mental health? Our fears are so extreme that in a few cases, parents have beenContinue reading “Your Couch Is Far More Dangerous Than You Think”

Encourage Youth to Enter the Get to Know Contest

guest blog by Jeff Ramsden of Get To Know The Get to Know Program, a proud member of OAK, has been inspiring connections between children and nature in the outdoors for well over a decad Through the North American-wide Get to Know Contest, we help encourage Canadian and American youth to get outdoors, connect with natureContinue reading “Encourage Youth to Enter the Get to Know Contest”

Environmental Education Bridges the Partisan Divide in Congress

guest blog by Jackie Ostfeld of the Sierra Club; originally published in the Huffington Post In a welcome break from partisan gridlock, congressional leaders from both sides of the aisle have come together to advance environmental education and outdoor learning opportunities for students across America. Earlier this week, Congressmen John Sarbanes (D-MD) and Michael Fitzpatrick (R-PA) andContinue reading “Environmental Education Bridges the Partisan Divide in Congress”

Great Outdoors America Week in Pictures

Guest blog by Jackie Ostfeld. Originally appeared on Sierra Club’s Outdoors blog. The story of Great Outdoors America Week 2013 is best told through photographs. Sierra Club Outdoors hosted 15 volunteers for a week filled with lobby visits, briefings, receptions and events. We participated in 20 meetings with elected officials where we advocated for increasing opportunities forContinue reading “Great Outdoors America Week in Pictures”

Getting Outdoors During GO Week

Great Outdoors America Week (GO Week) starts today. The Outdoors Alliance for Kids is proud to participate in GO Week 2013 where we will join our partners to ensure kids, youth and families across the nation have opportunities to get outdoors. GO Week is the preeminent event celebrating our collective connection to the great outdoors whileContinue reading “Getting Outdoors During GO Week”

Celebration of the Military Child Outdoors

by Dr. Jill Biden Originally published on the White House Joining Forces Blog As we mark the second anniversary of Joining Forces and celebrate the Month of the Military Child, April gives us the opportunity to celebrate our nation’s youngest heroes—the children whose parents serve in our Armed Forces. Military children face many unique challenges – on average,Continue reading “Celebration of the Military Child Outdoors”